Another Donington deadline missed: will Ecclestone give Silverstone its race back?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Donington Park’s plan to hold the British Grand Prix in 2010 had its doubters from the start, and it looks like they were right all along. Yesterday Donington missed its deadline to confirm it had the funding in place to complete the building work at the track in time for the race – a deadline … Continue reading Another Donington deadline missed: will Ecclestone give Silverstone its race back?

Ecclestone wants Donington Park and Silverstone to share British Grand Prix

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone has changed his mind on the future of the British Grand Prix yet again. To recap, he started the year saying there was no way the 2010 race would be held anywhere other then Donington Park. He later suggested in an interview with The Times that this wasn’t the case, and then took … Continue reading Ecclestone wants Donington Park and Silverstone to share British Grand Prix

The state of the 2010 F1 calendar

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

With so much attention focused on which teams might be racing in F1 in 2010, less is being said about what circuits might feature on the world championship calendar. Many circuits are facing pressure from falling audiences and Bernie Ecclestone’s unrelentingly high prices. There is significant doubt over the planned races at Hockenheim, Fuji and … Continue reading The state of the 2010 F1 calendar

Donington architect on track changes

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Press release from Donington Park: Peter Wahl ?ǣ the architect who has worked extensively on the Donington Park redevelopment project ?ǣ has promised that the new circuit, which will host the British F1 Grand Prix for a decade from July 2010, will present overtaking and excitement together with technical challenges for drivers and teams. Tilke, … Continue reading Donington architect on track changes

Donington Park boss Simon Gillett on building the new British Grand Prix circuit

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Simon Gillett was looking slightly the worse for wear when I met him at Autosport International this morning. He had a reason to be, as he celebrated Donington Park winning approval for its development work in order to hold the 2010 British Grand Prix. Nevertheless he was happy toi spend a half hour answering questions … Continue reading Donington Park boss Simon Gillett on building the new British Grand Prix circuit

Council backs Donington Park’s Grand Prix plans ahead of application hearing

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Donington Park’s plans to run the British Grand Prix from 2010 have won the support of South Derbyshire District Council. Director of community services Mark Alflat told the Derby Evening Telegraph he is recommending the scheme gets planning approval when it goes before Leicestershire District Council on Thursday: The development offers substantial economic opportunities. The … Continue reading Council backs Donington Park’s Grand Prix plans ahead of application hearing

F1 cars will hit 298kph in Craner Curves at the new Donington Park in 2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

When – or if – the British Grand Prix moves to Donington Park in 2010 the new circuit will take Silverstone’s place as the fourth quickest circuit regularly used by Formula 1. Documents submitted by the circuit owners to North West Leicestershire District Council projects an average lap speed of 220.75kph with cars hitting a … Continue reading F1 cars will hit 298kph in Craner Curves at the new Donington Park in 2010

Sharing the British Grand Prix – nice idea but not economically sound

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The moving of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone to Donington Park in 2010 was discussed in Parliament yesterday. Mark Lancaster, MP for North East Milton Keynes, had this to say: Although I realise that this is not a matter directly for the Government, the Minister concerned has recently had meetings with Bernie Ecclestone. All … Continue reading Sharing the British Grand Prix – nice idea but not economically sound

The Ben Evans column: Donington Park

Posted on | Author Ben Evans

Strangely for a year that has been so political (again) most of the politicking has been going on off-track and has had little bearing on any of the races. Apart from the eeny-meeny-miny-mo approach to qualifying penalties. At Silverstone last weekend the two major elements of political discussion were the proposed Formula Two category and … Continue reading The Ben Evans column: Donington Park

Donington Park, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and the British Grand Prix

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Earlier this month Bernie Ecclestone announced Donington Park will host the British Grand Prix from 2010 instead of Silverstone. In July 1999 Bernie Ecclestone announced Brands Hatch would host the British Grand Prix from 2002 instead of Silverstone. But that never came to be – the race stayed at Silverstone. So what happened? And can … Continue reading Donington Park, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and the British Grand Prix